Friday, October 21, 2016

Watercoloring Makes Me Happy

Since watercoloring has become so popular in cardmaking, I've been having a ball with it. I never liked oil paints and acrylic painting can be fun but watercolors are so forgiving and that makes it a fun medium for me. Plus, you never quite know what it's going to do. With acrylics, you put the paint on the page and it stays right there. Watercolor paints creep and blend and sometimes surprise you.

I also love that you can get watercolor looks with inks, paints, sprays and markers.

Here's an Adornit watercolor card I painted for my aunt's birthday. So easy and fun to do. I tried not to get too sparkly, but I did add some stickles to the cake.

Have your tried the Adornit watercolor panels? I think I need more!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cutie Monster Card

I got this digi free from Useless Trinkets and you can too! She offers a lot of free cute images, including this little guy holding a coffee cup that I used in this post. You can also download free Halloween images and an adorable chubby unicorn...and there are some matching sentiments too!

This is for a first birthday card for my great nephew, Charlie. I'd like to say he was named for me (though he wasn't) because c'mon, Char/Charlie. Close enuf! :) 

I am also fooling around with watermarks for my pics. I'm using the cute shark image since Chark sounds just like it. Haven't decided yet if that's what I'm going with, but it was really easy in Pic Monkey...and free!

Oh and because it's National Cookie Month, I'm including the link on how to make these cute Cookie Monster cookies. I love both cookies and Cookie Monster, so maybe I'll actually make these. You use a flower cookie cutter for the base, and m&m and white chocolate disc eyes (the Wilton candy melts). Katrina uses shortening in her frosting, but I prefer butter or margarine in my icing. But, who are we kidding? I'd totally eat these anyway!

Here's Cookie doing his own Elmo's World show.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hero Arts Boo Stamp & Cut Gift Bag

I'm up on the a2z Scrapbooking blog today with a peek at a little treat bag for Halloween using the Hero Arts Boo Stamp & Cut. I love this little stamp and die set and if you want one too, you still have time before Halloween and it's only $10.20 in the store right now! See those cute little ghost faces?

Hope you'll stop by a2z and enter our Hero Arts monthly challenge, Layer It, to try to win $25 to the store! If you need Hero Arts stamps, you can always order the digis, which are immediate downloads so there's no waiting, just start creating!

Happy Monday!

If you're looking for the Hop to Stop, click here.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Hop To Stop 2016

Becca Cruger, artist and stamp designer, is hosting The Hop to Stop, a blog hop intended to raise awareness of domestic violence. Herself a victim, she knows how important it is to get out and get help so that you realize you're worthwhile and important and safe. 

While I have been blessed with amazing people in my life and never heard those words, "you're worthless," I have family members and friends who have, my mother and sister have been affected and been strong and reached out for help. My mom didn't get much help back in the weren't censured for violence against their wives then. But she set her own limits and left when they were crossed. My sister asked us for help and we gave it, and she was strong in asking. There's no shame in being abused and no shame in asking for help. We all deserve to be safe.

In fact, you, too, probably know someone affected by domestic violence...33% of women in this country have been abused in some way by people they love. That's unacceptable.

It saddens me that home, which should always be a safe harbor and a place to get away from the slings of the world can be a hostile, angry and frightening place for women, men and children. 

If you'd like to help in a crafty way, Becca will be collecting birthday, thank you and encouragement handmade cards (left blank inside) for a nonprofit agency that provides emergency shelter and lots of services for victims of physical and sexual abuse in her town. God bless them for doing this important work. Read more on Becca's blog here. 

My purple project (purple is the color for National Domestic Violence Awareness month) is made with Distress inks and water, along with Dylusions spray inks, a star die cut and silver glitter, because glitter to me means happy and I want everyone to get a chance to feel happy on their birthday.

If you or a loved one is in need of help, you can call this hotline for someone who understands. You are not alone.

1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.3224 (TTY) 

God Bless, and I hop you'll join in the hop all week by linking a purple project to bring awareness and help to others!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Overdue To Say Happy Birthday Card

I love this Overdue Library stamp set from Your Next Stamp and I actually won this one from their blog (thanks, YNS!) Their products are so cute, and I love the inspiration on the blog. They have a sketch and color challenge each month and I picked the sketch this month to try.

I made my own pocket from ivory cardstock and added books to the front of it with another stamp set from YNS  called Tea-rrific and then used Inktense pencils to watercolor them. I see after posting that my pearl got knocked out of place, but I'm going to have to be okay with that for are so telling!

I admit this card isn't for anyone in particular, but I know I'll use it because I am notorious for late, maker of cards! Wha?! It's not the card part, it's the gift inside or the message or the trip to the post office.

At any rate, maybe you'll join in this challenge with don't even have to use YNS stamps to play along!

And speaking of books, I loved this one, and am so jazzed to see the upcoming movie. Here's the original book cover and the movie book cover. I love the original one...the whole book was written around weird faked historical photos that the author had seen. How cool is that?

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Woodburning Made Easy

I'm in no way good at woodburning, but I felt like it was a cool thing and wanted to try it. I got the Hotmarks tool since I saw someone use it in making shaker pockets too for cards. 

Turns out, it is super cool to do and the effects are unique, so I keep trying things. Here's a wood plaque I made for a teacher with my favorite Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp.

All you need to do is stamp in brown (I used Distress Ink in Vintage Photo) and then use that as your template. 

Here's what I learned about woodburning in the process; one, even if you mess up, it still looks pretty cool, two, sand the wood piece a little in case it has an oil or shine to it, and three, use a glass cutting board to set the stand on and tape the stand down. I never had any problems, but that was my way of circumventing problems—mostly because my firefighter husband asked, "You're not going burn the place down, are you?" I didn't, and I waited til he was out to give it a shot. Less stress for both of us, ha!

Happy Monday!